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DENVER/March 14, 2022 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for studies focused on subaortic stenosis in Newfoundland dogs. This request is part of the Foundation’s Donor-inspired Study program, which allows individual donors to directly support a research topic for which they have a passion, and for which there is a pressing need. Grant applications are due by June 3, 4:59 p.m. ET.

Funding for the grant is being provided by the Newfoundland Club of America Charitable Trust (NCA Charitable Trust), a supporter of the Foundation for over 10 years. The NCA Charitable Trust is committed to funding research projects aimed at addressing critical health issues affecting the Newfoundland breed.

Proposals must advance the science of subaortic stenosis in Newfoundland dogs in one or more of areas of particular interest to the donor: genetic studies, epidemiologic studies or pathologic studies of tissue collected from Newfoundland dogs postmortem.

All investigators are eligible to apply, but studies must be limited to three years in duration and budget cannot exceed $50,000. Proposals should demonstrate the unique and strategic nature of the proposed research and address how the project advances the field..

The NCA Charitable Trust is willing to facilitate recruitment for researchers through their access to 3,000 Newfoundland owners and 26 regional clubs in the United States, as well as international outreach. Researchers may also source DNA samples from the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) program administered by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). This biorepository currently holds over 2,000 samples from Newfoundland dogs (approximately 1,200 blood-based and 800 swabs)

Applications will be reviewed and rated, based on impact and scientific rigor, by a scientific advisory board, made up of subject matter experts. Interested researchers can learn more and apply for the award at Morris Animal Foundation.

Morris Animal Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit organizations worldwide funding health studies benefiting cats, dogs, horses and wildlife. The Foundation currently has 150 active studies encompassing a broad spectrum of species and diseases.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Gayle Hallowell, MA, VetMB, FRCVS, IVC Evidensia (UK)
  • Kamalan Jeevaratnam, DAHP, DVM, MMedSc, PhD, MRCVS , University of Surrey (UK)
  • Katy Evans, BVSc, MRCVS, MSc, PhD, The Seeing Eye
  • Rebecca Kohnken, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Abbvie
  • Ryan Fries, DVM, DACVIM, University of Illinois
  • Sumiko Mekaru, DVM, PhD, The Public Health Company
  • Vicky Yang, DVM, PhD, SB, DACVIM, Tufts University
  • Virginia Luis Fuentes, MA, VetMB, CertVR, DVC, MRCVS, DipACVIM, DipECVIM, Royal Veterinary College (UK)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, the Foundation has invested more than $142 million to date in nearly 3,000 studies to advance the health and well-being of animals around the world. Learn more at

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